I have been asked by a certain bike advocate to say that I hurt my wrist driving...alas, I can not. I fell. Off my bike, at the trailhead after a fast, rocking decent. I couldn't get up for a couple of minutes and knew that something was wrong
So the next day I waded into the farce that is our so-called first world health care system. Ha! Instacare diagnosed a break of my scaphoid. Then they called back and said no, it actually wasn't a break. They referred me to an orthopedist who was great. His assistant- not so much. It took almost two weeks to get an MRI and contrast x-Ray. Super painful, uncomfortable,and unpleasant experience there too. Do I really need 3x hospital scrubs? Because I could not tie them up or walk without tripping. And their "classical music" they piped through the MRI headphones was truly horrible.
And let's not forget that school starts next week. I'm in my classroom trying to get ready. I have amazing colleagues who helped me every day, cutting and hanging posters and writing and checking on me. I am so grateful. However, the pain was intense and usually driving home (awful!) found me in tears.
So the next day after the MRI, I get a call from the orthopedist telling me to go straight to the hand surgeon. Awesome. I manage to get an appointment (a real coup, it turns out) and learn that I need a pretty big surgery involving pins and anchors and 2-8 weeks out of work. It also involved some urgency. More tears, but they were very kind and provided lots of Kleenex. We scheduled the surgery, then I sat in the car for an hour having a complete meltdown. Andy decided that getting a second opinion would be good, and made me another appointment for the following Monday. Brilliant Andy.
Then I went back to school to give the news to my director. I need 10 school days off. Whoa. I only get 4 personal days!
But it turns out that the hand surgeon's surgery team is out-of-network. So I can't have surgery there. Thanks to Andy's foresight, I headed off for another appointment. Without much joy.
Doctor number 4 (instacare, orthopedist, hand specialist #1 and now hand specialist #2) says the same thing- surgery, ASAP, but is more optimistic about returning to work in a couple of weeks. So the surgery gets scheduled for the second day of school. By the way, I tore my scapholunate ligament.
Wow. So much stress. There is difficulty finding subs, I have to write an outline for the long term sub plans, and day-by-day plans for the rest of the week. Ouch. Tears.
The first day of school flew by and I had to cram as much as I could into shortened classes, then say goodbye. At about 6 pm all the subs got confirmed.
Surgery wasn't until 11, and in fact I didn't even see the dr until about 2:00. They gave me a happy pill, lots of preemptive painkillers, and talked to me about a nerve block after the surgery. When I woke I was in a lot of pain, even through the haze of drugs and morphine and anesthesia. The nerve block involved lots of painful shots then...nothing. I can't move my arm at all, or feel it. In the hospital I gently punched myself in the face. Now, it's just heavy and useless, and my fingers are like little Vienna sausages.
I have a foam "cheese block" to keep it protected and elevated, and am firmly ensconced on the sofa bed with phone, kindle, ipad, water, and painkillers. I go back to school on sept 21, unless I can handle it before then. It's going to be a long 2 weeks. Then, I get a cast for 8 weeks!